It's hard to make a good album with your phone going off every five minutes so it's good to see Leeds noiseniks Post War Glamour Girls going where there's no wi-fi or phone signal to make their new record. This isolation has produced an intense work tackling all the gritty themes we all worry about with musical nods to Pixies and Wild Beasts along the way.
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Phones? Eh? Rubbish aren't they. So annoying with all their bleeping and making you go and look at a tweet you have no interest in. Post War Glamour Girls decided that they needed to get away from it from to make this their third album so they went where no there's no signal, a place so bleak where no humans have ever trodden. But enough about Armley where they mixed the album, they in fact recorded it in the north of Scotland. Remote enough that they could make the absolute racket that comprises this album without bothering anyone.
They are dead serious like. No irony here. Things are pretty ropey these days and PWGG are here to tell you about it. On opener this is in a style that is comparable to a more angry British Sea Power but elsewhere comprises of the sort of brooding rock that is eerie and taut and as serious as Nick Cave on a very serious day. It's blustery and big and the vocals are pretty overbearing but the best bits are when they burst into melody in a kind of Pixies manner. These lighter moments are necessary to counteract the endless bleakness of some of the album. 'PollyAnna Cowgirl' is an example of PWGG getting it right with a big balloon of a chorus that even an idiot could sing along to and the kind of feel good anthemic feel that I'd imagine would go down well 'in concert'.
Big grey and blustery, this isn't for the faint hearted. They are fucking furious. But who wouldn't be?
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